The Secret World Chronicle

The Secret World ChronicleEmerging Mysteriously During World War II, Metahumans Became Icons Of The Best And Worst Humanity Had To Offer Yet Sixty Years Later, The World Still Suffers From War, Greed And Madness Worse, Man S Nadir Of Systematic Cruelty Returns With Bizarre New Weapons The Metahumans Of Earth Must Find A Way To Defeat This Powerful Foe And Discover What Lurks Behind The Scenes A Secret World Hidden From Our Own Mercedes Lackey, One Of Fantasy S Most Beloved Voices, And New Talent Steve Libbey Bring You A Podcast Series That Catapults The Classic Superhero Into The St CenturyBook One Invasion Starts The Series Off With A Bang A Set Of Coordinated Attacks By Nazi Warriors In Futuristic Battle Armor We Meet Our Cast Of Heroes In The Midst Of Chaos Belladonna Blue, A Young Azure Skinned Healer Victoria Victrix Nagy, A Geomancer Fighting Panic Attacks Handsome Devil, Whose Luck Is Metahumanly Good Red Saviour, Strident Leader Of An Anachronistic Soviet Team Red Djinni, The Shapeshifting Criminal And John Murdock, A Fugitive Super Soldier Watching Over Them All Is The Seraphym, Descended From The Infinite To Protect HumanityAs The Heroes Fend Off The Blitzkrieg Attack, They Are Left Wondering What Secrets Have Erupted From This Hidden World, And Whether, Once Unleashed, They Can Be Contained For There Are Clues That All Is Not What It Seems

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  • Podiobook
  • The Secret World Chronicle
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • English
  • 10 May 2017

10 thoughts on “The Secret World Chronicle

  1. says:

    I grew up on Silver Age Superheroes , I collected comic books I m a gamer I ve played table top, arcade, console, and PC games and I ve been tempted by City of Heroes for some time This book was inspired by by characters in that game.My first take on this book was that I liked it It drew me in right away The writing is okay and the story telling works The cliches are what we expect from superhero tales and the action didn t disappoint This held for a good portion of the book As further characters were introduced however the book began to stumble There are for me anyway some annoying subtexts that the writers I suppose couldn t resist putting in The action falters the plot spreads thin and slides For maybe half the book I had this rated as a 4 star book Somewhere around the middle however my opinion began to slide I dropped it in my mind to 3 stars Then I started to skim When the recruiting starts and we have to put up with the internal wrangling and attempts at politics and worse political shading the story completely nose dives at least for me I found myself, just trying to get through the book.It s ending is of course a set up for to come By the way, while I was still very interested I set out to find the second bookand couldn t update Feb 21, 2012 Our library has since corrected an error in their catalog They have the second book, but they had labeled it the 4th book in the on line catalog.Still, I have a lot of books to read and didn t care enough for this one that I ll run down the next It s why once I saw the book labeled as 4 I never looked back.Anyway, 2 star book for me.

  2. says:

    If this book is any indication, I am really going to like this new series.It reads like a comic book but there are no pictures The heroes are believable in a comic book kind of way The reader really has very few clues as to why the enemy attacked but the reactions of everyone else is believable Some rose above to become heroes while others took the opportunity to better themselves by victimizing others.I m really looking forward to reading this series.

  3. says:

    This is an excellent novel of superheros, nazi aliens and all sorts of fun The characters are dynamic and true to life in their own ways and the chapters are just plain fun It can be found for free in excellent audiobook form at secretworldchronicles.com and I heartily recommend it for one and all.

  4. says:

    Echo and various other meta human organizations around the world are under attack by UFO Nazi troopers with advanced weaponry This first volume deals with the initial attack and the aftermath Plenty of characters, lots of jumping around, building the world with a lot of concepts rattling around in this book Will check out book two to see how the conflict develops Interesting audio read.

  5. says:

    A lot of fun, if you like science fiction And, for science fiction, particularly good character development, as one would expect from Mercedes Lackey and despite a generous number of characters The sequels are equally rewarding.

  6. says:

    Tough choice on stars for this one FULL REVIEW The world is safe with Metahumans working for ECHO and keeping it so Then, one fine day, we see the attack of Nazi Metavillains and Metanot human, not meta something elseattack the city of Atlanta and all around the world New heroes, and villains, surface to help current Meta s and those that are attacked and trapped Although, there is one super villain that has resurfaced after sixty years, to turn himself infor protection What s to come What does he know This book is from a few authors working together and a few vocal voices and many Metahumans are introduced Some of those Meta s become than we thought, a few don t make it through We get to see the day of the attack through several Meta s eyes What they were doing that day before all went wrong, and how they fared through the fight At first I felt Mercedes excelled in the battles and Steve Libbey rocked the characters along with action Then as the stories progressed the two authors, along with Cody Martin and Dennis Lee, started to blend together as It became harder to tell the difference as the world grows and so many details to track The three narrators bring the stories alive Veronica is amazing at different accents needed for different characters All the narrators are amazing The one with Handsome Devil, early on, felt to have stepped into his persona well Veronica feels to take on every character and their personality, which amazed me when she was reading a few together She converted between them with ease and perfection.We get a history of each superhero, and even a semi villain a bad guy in way of robber We see how there lives turned to Meta or how they lived and feel before the attack happens Even while the attack their reactions relate to their history.I loved the intro and prologue I did find, at times, there were some low points in the different stories for me Lots of details of city setting and little things in lives, but a story has to start somewhere and build the characters When the invasion happened with each Meta, I was drawn to the action and learning of these strange Nazi Meta s I think I might have remembered and understood a few scenes better if I had read the book I felt there was a great deal of details I should have picked up, and replayed a few scenes to try and catch it all I know this is a braided story line set in the same world, but at times it felt as things were rushed This is the first book, the one that the huge happening occurs it s setting the stage for us.The cast is rather large Which, as I usually say, a large cast means lots to kill off There are some that don t make it, but the cast is still a magnitude that can make it hard at this point in the series Lots to remember, and I know I don t remember it all There are POV s from heroes in US and Russia.I will say, there will be at least one Meta that will stick in your mind There are different personalities, and a cast this big, yes there will be one I think my favorite Meta, at the end of this book, is Handsome Devil He cracks me up and the luck he has, it is fun to watch I liked the view of the world through his eyes and his reactions to all that s happening.This book sets the stage and raises questions in my mind for things to come There is lots happening here A great deal of details A massive cast to remember Hard to remember and track it all, but a start to an interesting world and creation I m curious enough to carry on with the next story.

  7. says:

    UPDATE What I got was apparently the first two books in the series slapped together I think my overall experience was improved by that, but I would have rated Book 1 a 4 and Book 2 a 2.5 as individual works, and most of the points I make below still stand I have thus raised my rating of this book to reflect that END I read the ebook version of this one, and for all I know, that s the only way to get it in writing It could have done with copy editing and the realization that no one uses the term laddy buck any.It s tough to accurately review this book without going back to review individual authors contributions The overall plot had me intrigued, and very early on I decided that I would watch a movie or TV serial based on it Nerdy pulp doesn t get much better than super powered humans in a world being attacked by Nazi aliens.But after the end of the initial attack, major problems beset the plot First of all, the story climaxed in the first 150 pages After the alienazis depart, the book becomes a character study and a sermon on the aftermath of disaster There are some battle scenes interspersed, but some succeed the pursuit of Slycke, the Dr Dusk arc where others do not anything involving John Murdock or Bella Other characters are simply put on a bus the intriguing Handsome Devil or get a bridge dropped on them the seemingly throw away Mercurye Character development was hit or miss as well I never got tired of Vickie Vee, Red Djinni and Red Saviour, who actually had back stories and compelling personalities and flaws Contrast to John Murdock, who continued to get into life threatening battles even after the story established that his character was essential If he s an essential character, those battles are inherently meaningless It doesn t help that he s constantly a jerk to every plot relevant person in the book The authors take pains to remind you of his troubled past in an enigmatic Program and a mysterious her. There s always a mysterious her, but you have to explain how it all ties together for me to care And when it comes to Murdock, I really don t.And then there s the aforementioned Belladonna Blue, the most blatant Mary Sue of any story I ve ever read A 19 year old superhealer and telepath, conveniently fluent in Russian from her parents dealings with the FBI, with grandparents who worked alongside Robert Oppenheimer She has sky blue skin, blazing eyes and the body of a swimsuit model, besides an encyclopedic knowledge of history She is brimming with confidence from taking showgirl classes in her hometown of Las Vegas remember she s nineteen , and she always has a snappy comeback at the ready She s always breaking the rules and getting in trouble with her bosses, so she is her own worst enemy Gag me.Real potential lies within this series If the plot had moved a bit faster, if some of the characters weren t so blasted annoying, I could have rated this higher But some sections of the narrative shone so brightly, they brought the grade up by themselves, and the story is compelling enough to make me want to read the next book in the series, even if I have to put up with Murdock and Bella.Which, when you think about it, makes it a success after all.

  8. says:

    The whole time I was reading this, I just kept thinking, This would be so much better as a comic book partly because it s telling the same style of stories comic books tell and reads like a comic book novelization and partly because the huge cast of characters would be easy to keep straight if I could look at them.Another reviewer commented too many cooks and I was agreeing until I realized she meant too many AUTHORS not too many characters By the end I had people pretty much straight but it was a struggle at first.Don t get me wrong the stories are interesting and I was invested, and I m not one of those pictures or GTFO people but with one of those soap opera styles follows one character for a bit, then all the others, then checks back in with the first, etc it can be difficult I read an older fantasy series that had a similar form, with a group of authors all playing in one sandbox together, sort of, but writing each story on their own then they had to deal with the consequences of other stories, etc called Thieves World There are several volumes and they were quite good So it s not the format exactly that bothers me it can be done well And damn does that sound like a fun way to write some novels.And then there s Mercedes Lackey s seemingly random, set in the 1970s vampire story which I liked probably than the rest, honestly which has nothing to do with the other metahumans story that I could tell.I got the ebook in a Humble Bundle and now I m wondering if something is wrong with my file, because the last story seems to cut off mid sentence and there s no real ending This one was fun enough but I don t think I ll be bothering to pick up any other volumes, if there are .

  9. says:

    As a disclaimer, I have not listened to any of the podcasts that were the source material for this book This review is based solely on this book.Secret World Chronicles Invasion takes place in an alternate universe where there are metas, essentially superheroes The metas first appeared around the beginning of world war II, and have had a large impact on the function of the world although the course of history appears to have been relatively unchanged The first book in the Secret world Chronicles SWC documents the lives of several important characters in the SWC universe, and their experiences during an invasion from a devastating new foe It is very much a comic book in book form.I enjoyed Invasion, and it has a lot going for it The universe is intriguing, and the writers make good use of their options, creating a lot of characters with unique and interesting powers The writing does a good job of recreating the visual and auditory aspects of comic books, making the action vivid even though it is just words on a page And there is plenty of action, with larger than life foes battling the protagonists every few pages.My only complaint about Invasion is that the characters feel too much like stock characters We have almost all of the classic comic tropes the lone battle hardened wanderer, trying to help others while running from his past the immensely powerful woman with crippling emotional damage Some of these characters never grow during this book some of them grow in unbelievable ways Takehome message Invasion is a fun read, but don t read it for the character development You ll enjoy this if you like comic books or imagining fantastic action scenes.

  10. says:

    Too many cooks.I m having a personal war between giving this novel a two or three star rating Overall, I didn t care for the book as a whole, but I liked two major sections of the book very much Invasion is a group effort headed by Lackey and suffers from having too many writers involved After an extremely strong opening, the book compiles several different I don t know, stories sections of different perspectives At several points I wondered, Why are we here or What book is this now Those who play ten characters in an MMORPG and don t at all care about equalizing game time between those characters probably won t have as many issues with this text However, I kept getting lost and felt that I was forced to read sections that had no connection with anything else It s perhaps most like when Marvel or DC publishes a huge crossover between superheroes, except here you can t skip that annoying Plastic Man arc because you re afraid he might actually do something connected to the storyline.I loved the beginning I loved a section close to the end I was interested in several characters, but didn t get to stick with them regularly Ultimately, I m glad I read it but I m glad it s over, too.

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